Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
That statement is very true to the people who are in abject poverty. They must live by their wits and their imagination. Get them a Grameen micro loan—especially groups of women—and let their imagination, determination and persistence wipe out their poverty, for themselves and their children.
Imagination in high technology can sometimes require a high platform of formal learning. For instance, no one is going to be highly imaginative in terms of advancing something like quantum physics without taking a physics course.
So, imagination is important at all levels of human endeavor. But higher and higher knowledge platforms are necessary in The Innovation Age.